DVD 94 mins IMDB 7.2 (4,799 votes)
Murder By Death
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (1976)
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Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
USA  /  English

Eileen Brennan Tess Skeffington
Truman Capote Lionel Twain
James Coco Inspector Milo Perrier
Peter Falk Sam Diamond
Alec Guinness Jamesir Bensonmum
Elsa Lanchester Miss Jessica Marbles
David Niven Dick Charleston
Peter Sellers Inspector Sidney Wang
Maggie Smith Mrs. Dora Charleston
Nancy Walker Yetta
Estelle Winwood Miss Withers
James Cromwell Marcel
Richard Narita Willie Wang

Director Robert Moore
Producer Ray Stark
Writer Neil Simon
Cinematography David M. Walsh
Musician Dave Grusin
User Credit 1 John F. Burnett
User Credit 2 Ann Roth

You'll die laughing figuring it out!

The world's greatest detectives have been invited to dinner. But when murder is on the menu, who will make it to dessert? You are cordially invited to join an all-star cast featuring Peter Sellers, David Niven, Peter Falk, James Coco, Elsa Lanchester, Maggie Smith, Alec Guinness, Eileen Brennan, Nancy Walker, James Cromwell and Estelle Winwood for Neil Simon's hilarious murder-mystery spoof Murder by Death.

The isolated mansion of eccentric millionaire Lionel Twain (celebrated author Truman Capote in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) is the setting for the twisted puzzler. Twain informs his guests that one of them will be murdered at the stroke of midnight. The pay-off: $1 million to whoever lives through the night. Murder by Death neatly lampoons both the mystery genre and the characterizations of these instantly recognizable gumshoes. Match wits with the super sleuths, but remember, you can't win if you end up dying from laughter!

Edition Details
Barcode 043396079342
Region Region 1
Chapters 28
Release Date 12/18/2001
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles Chinese; English; Korean; Portuguese; Spanish; Thai
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Exclusive Interview: A Conversation with Neil Simon
Theatrical Trailers
Talent Files
Interactive Menus
Production Notes
Scene Selections
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 You are cordially invited to dinner... and a murder!
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Trivia: Myrna Loy was originally offered the part of Dora Charleston (a role that was a spoof of the character that she had played in the Thin Man movies) but she wisely declined, later stating that "it would have been ridiculous to have Myrna Loy doing Myrna Loy". She also stated that she didn't want her "ass pinched by David Niven". (more)

Goofs: Continuity: Milo Perrier tells Sam Diamond "I'm not a Frenchy... I'm a Belgie" referring to the fact he is from Belgium and not France. However, in discussing Twain's annual poodle hunt in France, he implies that's his home country, and he says, referring to himself, that you should "never underestimate a Frenchman's nostrils." (more)

Quotes: Tess Skeffington: His mother was a Roman Catholic, his father was an Orthodox Jew. They were separated two hours after the marriage. (more)

Awards: Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination (more)